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Ryman Division 1N: Sudbury 4 Barkingside 2

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Barkingside beat the bad weather to get some action in Suffolk, but returned empty-handed after a sixth successive defeat.

The MEL Group Stadium pitch passed a 9.30am inspection but the visitors suffered an early slip-up as Adam Salmon fouled Steve Spriggs in the box.

James Baker fired home from the penalty spot to give the hosts a perfect start and only a fine save from Chris Clark denied Spriggs a second on nine minutes.

Ryan Henshaw fired just wide and Baker had a shot blocked as Sudbury continued to apply pressure.

But Barkingside got their first chance on the quarter-hour mark when home keeper Alex Archer tipped a header from his own defender Jack Cawley over the crossbar.

Dan Hayes was denied from the corner before the visitors drew level on 20 minutes as Chas Liddiard got in behind Henshaw and finished well.

Buoyed by their equaliser, Side saw Matt Gulfer force a save from Archer before Baker had another effort blocked at the other end.

Sudbury regained the lead in stunning fashion as Cawley picked up a loose ball and fired past a stunned Clark from 35 yards.

But Barkingside were back on terms before the interval as Liddiard took advantage of Greg Crane’s mistake to provide another cool finish for his second.

Sudbury started the second half strongly, with Ollie Hughes, Spriggs and Payton Swatman all going close.

Liddiard might have completed his hat-trick but for Henshaw’s excellent tackle, while Andy Edmunds fired over from 25 yards.

And the match remained deadlocked until 16 minutes from time when Baker fired home through a crowd of players following a goalmouth scramble.

Sudbury made sure of the points on 81 minutes when Baker’s strong run set up the chance for Scott Mitchell to net from close range.

Side will look to bounce back when they host landlords Redbridge in the second Oakside derby of the season tomorrow (Monday).

The Motormen won 4-1 when the two sides met in August, thanks to braces from Geoff Mitchell and Eljay Worrell.

But they saw their home fixture with Heybridge Swifts postponed due to a waterlogged pitch yesterday.

Barkingside: Clark, Salmon, Mackin, Crossley, Ellis, Hayes, Edmunds, Davie, Liddiard, Gulfer, Suchley. Subs: Onireti, King, Poku, Stone.

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